Edgar Wright has made a name for himself as a director of quirky comedy films so it will definitely be interesting to see how his vision adapts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he directs Ant-Man. Edgar Wright’s most famous films to date are probably those in the Cornetto Trilogy. Shaun of the Dead was released in 2004 and was a solid zombie-filled comedy even if it lacked anything truly noteworthy. Hot Fuzz was an improvement as its balls-to-the-wall pacing was able to override any of its problems. The final film of the Cornetto Trilogy was released this summer in the form of The World’s End. The World’s End falls much closer to Hot Fuzz in terms of quality as its fast pace makes it a joy to watch even if the character development isn’t strong enough to support the twists and turns of the final act.
The World’s End follows Gary King (Simon Pegg), an alcoholic who decides that he is going to reunite his old school buddies (Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan) in order to complete a pub-crawl that they failed to finish in their younger days. As they set off on the pub-crawl, the group begins to notice strange actions from the locals. Before they know it they will be fighting for their lives in their attempt to reach the final pub on the list, The World’s End. The Edgar Wright directed film was also written by Wright with assistance from Simon Pegg.
I may be in the minority but I don’t think Edgar Wright’s witty dialogue and quirky characters in strange situations were enough to make the Cornetto Trilogy work in the beginning. So it is a delight to see Wright take a more action-packed approach with the later two films of the trilogy. The action scenes (especially the first few in this film) might be some of the best in any film this year, and that doesn’t include the comedic beats (which work quite well in this film). The only time this film really runs into any problems is with the twists and turns of the last act. Some of them depend quite heavily on the relationship between Gary and Andy (Nick Frost’s character). Unfortunately, there was not enough development of this relationship in the early goings of the film for the twists to land with the intended impact.
The cast as a whole is quite fun. Simon Pegg does a fantastic job of combining his usual comedic moments with some of the darker moments that he has had to act through in his career so far. It might actually be a career best performance for him. Nick Frost once again excels in the sidekick role, and Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike work well in supporting roles. Also, quite good in a supporting role is Martin Freeman, who plays a twist with his character quite deftly (as does Edgar Wright’s direction).
The Cornetto Trilogy ends on a solid note with The World’s End.